LULAC Rejects Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, President Trump stated that he plans to deploy the military to the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress has not authorized or approved a budget for Trump’s plan.

In response, the Chairman of the LULAC Veteran Affairs Committee Roman Palomares issued the following statement:

“President Trump’s plan to send military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border is not aimed at improving our country’s national security. Instead, it is an attempt to play to his base after continued failed attempts to fulfill his promise for a border wall. Americans deserve a commander-in-chief who will put our nation above politics and his own personal anti-immigrant agenda. We will not allow the President to use fear tactics to prey on our country’s most vulnerable communities.

Trump’s irrational decision to militarize the border will be a costly, ineffective mistake that will only inflame rather than resolve divisions over the broken immigration system. We urge both President Trump and Congress to refrain from intimidation tactics and focus on passing humane, comprehensive immigration reform.

Trump also tweeted that the caravan of people 'are all trying to take advantage of DACA' when it reality they are seeking refuge from violence, poverty and political unrest in their home countries. It is imperative that we remember our country’s commitment to people coming to these United States in search of a better life and protection from persecution, danger, corruption, and death. We ask that humanitarian assistance be extended to them and a reasonable resolution be reached for their safety and care.”

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with over 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org

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